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Lesson 146 - Q&A Shaktipat: Direct
transmissions of spiritual energy
Date: Mon Mar 22, 2004 0:34pm
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Q: Is it necessary at some point to receive shaktipat before one can experience samadhi?
Even the great Paramahansa Yogananda received shaktipat from Sri Yukteswar before he could
achieve samadhi. If this is necessary how does one go about obtaining shaktipat?
A: Shaktipat is direct transmission of spiritual energy from guru to disciple.
Transmissions of spiritual energy can also occur in the form of darshan (blessing from a
master), satsang (keeping spiritual company), through our chosen ideal by the intensity of
our own internal bhakti, and even from reading inspired spiritual writings. It is all
spiritual energy flowing in us by various influences, and it can happen in a lot of ways.
It is our bhakti that determines the degree of flow more than anything. When the bhakti is
intense, the energy will flow from somewhere, from everywhere. So, shaktipat really has
its origin in the aspirant, not in anyone else.
There is another stimulator of spiritual energy in all of us these days, and that is the
stars. The stars are giving us their darshan every minute of every day. This is because a
new age of enlightenment is rising, and we are all increasingly being stimulated to open
from within. In the past dark age, spiritual awakening stimulated by other people was more
important than it is today. In those days, a sage was like a candle in a vast sea of
darkness. That candle was a rarity, and only a few had any hope of being lit by it. It was
a time of spiritual poverty, and the flame was kept alive by being passed between a very
few. Thanks to them, and changing times, it is much different now.
In present times, we are all on the verge of enlightenment. It may not seem like it. There
are still many obstacles to be dissolved inside, but it is much easier to do it now than
it has been for thousands of years, or even only a few decades ago. The sun of God is
rising. Hatred is making its last chaotic stand in the world, and it will not win. When
the light comes, the darkness disappears.
It is important to see shaktipat and the traditional guru-disciple relationship in the
light of these changing times. We are no longer wholly dependent on individual sages and
teachers for our enlightenment. We are all becoming spiritually self-sufficient. We are
all becoming capable of generating our own spiritual transformation.
The best way to become enlightened is by doing daily yoga practices. It is the surest and
safest way, because it is we who determine how much energy will flow from within by our
prudent self-pacing as we use powerful spiritual practices that were not available to most
even a few decades ago.
There is another important spiritual influence working in the world today. It is now
greater than the power of all the gurus on the planet. As more and more people come along
on the way to enlightenment through their own efforts, the divine radiance of spiritual
energy from so many opening nervous systems is increasing, and this is quickening
everyone's opening. As more people do daily practices, the influence increases
exponentially. So, doing your practices is not only good for you. It is good for the
world. There is great strength in numbers, and this is how the world is being transformed
spiritually. It is the ultimate shaktipat/darshan/satsang for everyone.
Is individual shaktipat still necessary to reach enlightenment? Maybe at some point we
will get an individual infusion like that from somewhere, or maybe not. We don't have to
go wandering around looking for it. Be wary of anyone who offers you a shaktipat shortcut.
It does not work like that.
All we have to do is sit in our meditation room every day, and then go out and give our
love away. Samadhi (unbounded pure bliss consciousness) comes in meditation. Full
enlightenment comes by giving our samadhi to the world. The spiritual energy of
transformation we need will come from inside and outside as we purify our nervous system
by our own efforts. If our intense desire for enlightenment is there, everything we need
to achieve it will be there too.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed
instructions on building a practice routine with self-pacing, see the
AYP Eight Limbs of Yoga book.
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